About 80,000 people have been told to evacuate their homes as wildfires swept into Israel’s third largest city of Haifa.
The fires follow a two-month drought and are being fanned by strong winds in the north of the city.
Wildfires are also threatening homes near Jerusalem and in the West Bank.
Israel’s police chief said arson was suspected in some cases and Prime Minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU said any such attacks would amount to “terror”.
Police Chief RONI ALSHEICH said that if fires had been started deliberately it was “safe to assume… it is politically-motivated”.